White House advisor Peter Navarro on Tuesday lamented the “inappropriate tone” he has used for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this weekend following the G7 in Quebec.
At an event organized by The Wall Street Journal, Donald Trump’s advisor said he made a mistake by stating that there was a “special place in hell” for the head of the Canadian government.
“My mission was to send a strong signal,” explained Navarro. The problem is that in addressing this message, I used language that was not appropriate.”
Peter Navarro, who was interviewed by Fox News Channel on Sunday, had condemned Justin Trudeau’s remarks at the closing G7 Summit press conference in the absence of Donald Trump, who had left for his meeting with Kim Jong-un. Singapore.
The US president refused to validate the G7’s final communiqué, citing the Canadian Prime Minister’s “false statements” at the news conference.
“There is a special place in hell for leaders who engage in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump, then try to stab him in the back when he leaves,” said Navarro on Fox. News.
“Canada does not pursue diplomacy with ad hominem attacks … and we avoid them even more when it comes to a close ally,” said Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.
On Tuesday, Donald Trump renewed his attacks on Canada on Twitter by writing: “We have a huge trade deficit with Canada […]. It’s close to an annual loss of $100 billion. ”
Yet, according to the US Trade Representative’s office, last year the United States posted an $8.4 billion trade surplus with Canada.